Live Life – Be Online 2015

Published: Thursday 26th February 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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Set up by UK Online Centres, the national Be Online campaign has been created to help people all over the UK make the most of getting online and using the internet to improve their skills, manage their health and live life to the full.

There are an estimated 10.5 million people in the UK who don’t have the digital skills to benefit from the online world, and nearly seven million of these people have never been online before. Government research has found one of the biggest barriers to getting online is not having the skills or confidence to take the first steps.

Taking place from 23 February – 8 March, there are a number of events being held across Hull and East Yorkshire as part of the national campaign.

Do you know someone who could benefit from being online?

KC has been running ‘Get Online’ sessions at its Learning Zone in Carr Lane in Hull’s city centre, where people can drop in for friendly advice on getting to grips with the internet. The next session is on Thursday 5 March from 9.30am – 12.30pm.

The sessions are staffed by a team of ‘digital champions’ – KC employees who have been specially trained to help even the most technology-phobic people take their first steps online.

Brendon Smurthwaite, KC’s community coordinator, said: “Being able to use the internet brings lots of benefits. For example, government research has found that being online can improve quality of life and reduce social isolation among older people.

“There are cost benefits too – many people use the internet to make price comparisons and find cheaper products and services. It’s estimated that households without internet access are missing savings of an average of £560 per year by not shopping and paying bills online.

“Being online also helps jobseekers find work, as employers increasingly use the internet for recruitment.

“Our regular drop-in sessions welcome complete beginners or people who want to improve their online skills and discover more of what the internet has to offer.”

KC’s Learning Zone has also recently become the venue for some of Hull Central Library’s regular ‘Making the most of the internet’ courses, which are aimed at people who already have basic computer skills.

The next course to be held at the Learning Zone starts on Wednesday 4 March and runs each Wednesday for four weeks from 2-4pm.

Libraries across the city and in the East Riding of Yorkshire also run regular courses to help people get online, and have free PCs for use by members of the public.

Call 01482 602831 for more information about KC’s drop-in sessions, or 01482 616870 book a place on one of Central Library’s free courses.

Click here to see our top tips for making the most out of being online

Published: Thursday 26th February 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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